O’FALLON, Mo. — While Savannah baseball may have lost on Thursday in the Class 4 state semifinal round, the Savages had themselves a season they will not forget anytime soon.
It all ended after Savannah lost to Westminster Christian Academy 10-0. The game ended in the bottom of the sixth inning when Westminster (29-6) reached the run rule limit. Savannah came into the tournament as the only team with just one blemish on its record but will now end the season at 25-2.
Things started off rather dicey for the Savages as Westminster loaded the bases in the first inning, but junior pitcher Braden Berry came through a clutch strikeout to escape the inning unscathed. However, Westminster exploded for five runs in a two-out rally in the bottom of the second. The inning was capped with a two-run homer to right field by Westminster junior Brennan Orf, his fifth of the season.
“I think the biggest thing was we were just leaving some balls up,” said Savannah coach Erich Bodenhausen. “They’re good hitters. When we made mistakes, they made us pay every time.”
Coming into the game, Westminster had won 12-0 and 14-3 in its previous two games. Bodenhausen was aware of the Wildcats’ prowess coming into Thursday’s game, but the coach still feels his team did all it could.
“We knew they were a good ball club,” Bodenhausen said. “Our biggest thing is we wanted to play at the top of our level. We wanted to leave it out on the field, which I felt like our guys did that. They’re a great ball club, and my hats off to them.”
Savannah set a new program record with 25 wins this season after going 18-6 and then just 11-11 the year prior. For Bodenhausen, the records his team set are something to feel good about.
“We’ve set all kinds of records,” Bodenhausen said. “The most wins, the most wins in a row. All kinds of hitting records and pitching records. I’m proud of these guys. We came down here to win it al, but with what we put in, looking back a couple months from now, it’s going to feel pretty good.”
Senior third baseman Micah Diamond closes his time with Savannah hitting .266 at the plate and posting a team best of 7-0 and a 1.21 ERA on the mound. Despite losing, Diamond is happy to have contributed to what Savannah did this year. Although there is no third place game today due to weather, Diamond would rather brave it out and play anyway.
“It feels pretty great,” Diamond said. “Not too many teams have done it from Savannah. To be one of them is pretty awesome. I really want to play for third. This medal says fourth place. It stings a little bit.”
Savannah would have played Helias Catholic (23-5). The Class 4 championship between Westminster and St. Francis Borgia (22-7) takes place today at 1:30 p.m.